I’ve been asked several times over the last month what’s the big fuss about the proposed plans to knock down several thousand of Moscow’s outdated (mostly from the 1950s and 1960s) buildings. Here is an article, in English, summarizing what’s wrong with mayor Sobyanin’s project. And here is another one from The Moscow Times explaining why scores of Muscovites are not that happy about the authorities’ big plans.
A few days ago, on April 20 2017, the Ministry of Justice declared the Kola Ecological Center, of which my mate Alexandra is a member, a “foreign agent” for receiving foreign financing and being engaged in political activity.
Its “political activity” appears to be taking part in public hearings where government officials were present.
The “foreign agent” status means, in addition to a serious stigma, a significant increase in the amount of reporting paperwork the NGO has to do.
The Kola Ecological Center is behind the eco-trails east of Kandalaksha and near Kolvitsa. They also orchestrated the construction of a WW2 memorial in Kolvitsa. These are the sort of things that stand out in their work, not attempting to influence Russian government officials using foreign funds.
Yesterday drove through 250km of snow and blizzard on the insistent request of my mate, who apparently needed some variety to clear her head off the eider thoughts. If anybody does not know, she is intensely working on a book on the relationship between humans and eider ducks. Sometimes that results in brain overheat, thus the need for a cooling trip once in a while.
While the vast number of searches taking visitors to my www.kandalaksha.su remain unknown (only one out of about 16 shows), here is a summary of known search words/phrases that took visitors to my site during the last year:
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|alcohol free vodka||2|
|leviathan russian film with english subtitles||1|
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|salla border crossing||1|
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|ww.beutiful kola ru gora.com||1|
|gagarin museum murmansk||1|
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|leviathan watch in english||1|
|camping in murmansk||1|
|kirovsk railway station||1|
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|anna mikhailova 2014||1|
|russian mega project||1|
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|scammer michael horan||1|
|visa registration russia||1|
|lake in northwest russia giant myth||1|
|lovozero train station||1|
|левиафан english subtitles online||1|
|ferge kirkenes murmansk||1|
|map of alexandrov||1|
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|russian brothel murmansk||1|
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|prostitution in kandalaksha||1|
|hotel accommodation cards rates||1|
|a few photos from musta-tunturi and sredni||1|
|ryrik chemyakin at70 north||1|
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|hare krishna saint petersburg||1|
|president of sos childrens village s. kaul||1|
|olenya air base||1|
|dacha rent moscow||1|
|murmansk city from india||1|
|crow on head||1|
|kozulya cookie karelia||1|
|google maps kandalksha water temperature||1|
|apatity stone flower 2017||1|
|murmansk oblast woman photo||1|
|2017 ma tole kola||1|
|reindeer boots lovozero||1|
|renting a datcha for 3 monthe inkostroma||1|
|ferry oslo to murmansk||1|
|Unknown search terms||4,381|
Glad to see that prostitution is not an unconditional leader the way it was towards the end of my Moscow phase.
There are few things more gloomy and depressing in this country than postapocalyptic style”garage coops”. Our car has been stuck in one of these, in Niva-3, an industrial outskirt of Kandalaksha, for the last two weeks for a welding job.
Here is a letter from one of them:
In exchange, I can be your guide in Kandalaksha.
I can meet you at the train station, help you check into a hotel, recommend a place to eat, suggest places to visit, take you there, keep you from getting lost, and in every other way make you stay in Kandalaksha pleasant and comfortable. All totally free if you speak English to me and encourage me to do the same.
Here are some photos from the recent trip to the tundra hills over the village of Kolvitsa, thanks to two Finnish travelers I took there. During a good half a day in the hills we met no one and saw not a single piece of trash. I think I’m starting to understand what draws people up there.
These are much worse than mosquitoes. Unlike the latter, gnats slice off a patch of your skin. On Wendesday I got bitten by some during the trip to the hills, and my arms are still swollen and it still itches three days later. The all-knowing Alexandra says these will last about a week. One of the worse thing about gnats is they don’t really hurt when they initially attack you. ALWAYS WEAR LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT TO THE WOODS AND TAKE SOME INSECT-REPELLANT WITH YOU!!